Morwick G360 PhD student Julie Zettl awarded Thomas Krug Memorial Scholarship

Julie Zettl is this year’s recipient of the Thomas Krug Memorial Scholarship – congratulations!

Julie is a new PhD student with Dr. Beth Parker at the Morwick G360 Groundwater Research Institute.  Dr. Parker’s high impact research over the last 35+ years has aided in building a framework for the scientific, private and publics sectors to inform their decision-making regarding groundwater contamination assessment, in-situ remediation of groundwater systems, and groundwater management. Julie is a welcome addition to the team, and we are excited to have her aboard and to celebrate her scholarship.

The Thomas Krug Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Thomas Krug, who showed immense commitment to environmental stewardship through his 30-year career at Geosyntec applying novel approaches to environmental remediation. Geosyntec is multi-national civil and environmental engineering consulting firm serving clients from more than 80 offices in North America, Europe, and Australia. Thomas loved northern Canada and he inspired many of his friends and family to explore these beautiful lands. He passed away two years ago, survived by his loving wife Janet and his three adult children. Thomas’ family and the employees at Geosyntec were thrilled to award this scholarship again this year.

Julie’s research project reflects Thomas’ commitment to environmental stewardship in northern Canada. She will take part in a study of groundwater quality in the Liard Basin near the community of Fort Liard. Dr. Parker is the Principal Investigator of this multi-disciplinary, cross-institutional project. The project has many collaborators including Morwick G360 Groundwater Research Institute, Acho Dene Koe First Nation, the Hamlet of Fort Liard, Beaver Enterprises, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) and the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, with the aim of completing a baseline groundwater quality investigation in the Liard Basin.

A network of monitoring wells will be installed as part of the research project and later will be operated by the GNWT. The research will enable the development of a groundwater monitoring network that will support the NWT water stewardship strategy to ensure water remains clean, abundant and productive. This scholarship and research program are examples of the synergies the Morwick G360 Institute and Geosyntec have had here in Canada and in the USA over the years.  It is suitable that the project involves water protection in Canada’s North, as this was a true passion of the late Thomas Krug.

Canadian Academy of Engineering elects new Fellows, including Morwick G360’s Dr. Beth Parker!

On June 14th, the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) announced its newly elected Fellows for 2021. Among them is Morwick G360’s founder and director, Dr. Beth Parker.

Founded in 1987, the CAE is an institution that enables skilled engineers to provide strategic advice for the benefit of Canada and Canadians. Each year, the CAE elects new Fellows through a vote of their peers. These Fellows are individuals who have made outstanding contributions to engineering in Canada and worldwide.

The CAE recognizes Dr. Parker for her achievements and service in the field of groundwater protection and contamination treatment:

“Dr. Parker is a global leader in fractured porous geologic media contamination, helping to protect water supplies in Guelph and many other communities. She pioneered new fractured bedrock characterisation methods (as of April 2021: 4 patents and more than 165 refereed papers, among other contributions), including novel downhole borehole devices and procedures for investigating contamination in bedrock aquifers. These methodologies have been used at complex contamination sites worldwide. Her paradigm-shifting contributions have changed how engineers can and should study contaminated sites to inform their remediation decisions. Her new technologies enable effective monitoring of bedrock aquifers.”

You can read the CAE’s full press release and learn about some of the other new Fellows here. Congratulations to Dr. Parker and the rest of the CAE’s new cohort of Fellows!

Happy National Groundwater Awareness Week!

March 8th-14th, 2020 marks National Groundwater Awareness Week. Here at G³⁶⁰ we are excited to share 5 of our favourite groundwater facts relevant to Guelph, Canada, and the world at large.

Did You Know?

  1. Groundwater represents 99% of all unfrozen fresh water in the world. It provides almost half of the world’s population with domestic water, and is the source of almost half of the water used for irrigation worldwide.

  2. Seven countries in the world (China, India, Iran, Mexico, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States) account for 74% of global groundwater withdrawals, with India accounting for one fourth of the global groundwater use.

  3. Almost nine million Canadians depend on groundwater for domestic use, which represents over 30% of the population. In some provinces, such as those in the Maritimes, the domestic use of groundwater is much higher. For example, the provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are 64% and 100% reliant, respectively, on groundwater as a source of water for domestic use.

  4. More than 80% of the people living in the Grand River watershed rely on groundwater as a source of clean, safe drinking water.

  5. Guelph is one of the largest Canadian cities to rely almost exclusively on groundwater for its drinking water supply. The average daily water demand in Guelph in 2019 was 47,015 cubic meters (~47 million liters). That is about 19 Olympic-size swimming pools!

To learn more about Groundwater Awareness Week and how you can get involved, visit the NGWA Groundwater Awareness Week website.

Learn more about the facts you read today at their sources below!
[1] Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice, 2019
[2] When Wells Run Dry, Taylor, 2014
[3] The Canadian Encyclopedia: Groundwater, 2015
[4] Grand River Conservation Authority
[5] City of Guelph Water Services 2019 Annual and Summary Report